George Russell racing in the wet during the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul on Sunday.Picture courtesy: Williams Racing.

MOTOR SPORT: A pre-race bump saw King’s Lynn F1 driver George Russell start the Turkish Grand Prix from the pit lane.

He went on to defy wet and slippery conditions to complete the race, unlike several of his more experienced rivals who failed to complete the 58 laps of the Istanbul circuit.

While on an installation lap to the grid, Russell collided with the wall as he entered pit lane, breaking his front wing. 

The Williams team used the opportunity of a pit lane start to their advantage, sending Russell out on intermediate tyres.

The Brit made good progress climbing to 11th before pitting on lap 32. However, the uncertain weather and slowly drying track suited neither the new nor used tyres available and Russell had to make an additional stop for another set of intermediate tyres on lap 42 on his way to a 16th place finish.

“I knocked the front wing off at the pit entry but the guys did a great job to get the car fixed,” said Russell. “The race was very tricky in the opening stages but then we found ourselves in P11 and it was looking really promising, the car and tyres were feeling good. 

“From then, the tyres dropped off, so we boxed for another set of intermediates, which didn’t work. I wasn’t able to push the car to the limit, slipping and sliding around. 

“The weekend wasn’t a lot of fun, which is a shame as it is a fantastic circuit and I didn’t get the opportunity to fully appreciate it.”